Sunday, July 25, 2010

Finnish Government Installs Diving Ban on Champagne Wreck

Earlier this month divers found 230-year old champagne in a Baltic wreck -- a wreck on which the Finnish government has now imposed a diving ban.

The provincial government of the Ă…land Islands has imposed a ban on diving in the area where a team of divers earlier this month found what could be the world's oldest drinkable champagne.

The Finnish Coast Guard is patrolling the area to keep prevent any unauthorized dives of the 18th century wreck. The ban in a 30 square kilometre zone is to be in effect until the end of December, according to an online report by the newspaper Ă…landstidningen.

The paper added that the provincial government is considering if any other measures are needed.

The wreck, which is at a depth of 55 metres, is in good condition and contained a number of intact bottles.

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